Arizona solar Phoenix Scottsdale rebate installing solar panels financingPost #19 – ACC Vote on APS Rate Hike Increase Approved – New Grandfathering Date 

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted on Tuesday, August 15th in favor of the amended Arizona Public Service (APS) rate hike proposal. Although the regular electricity rate hike for all APS customers will take place on the 19th, the deadline date to apply for a new (or existing) photovoltaic system, and be grandfathered into the current rates, is August 31, 2017.

Prospective solar customers can ensure they are grandfathered into the current, more favorable net metering rates if they’ve submitted a complete APS Interconnection Application on APS.com by August 31, 2017, the new APS deadline date. A complete Interconnection Application includes a signed installer contract, two signed APS documents, 2-3 technical design drawings for the photovoltaic (PV) system, and a completed Installer Application.

Existing solar customers who want to expand their PV systems will also need to meet all of the above Application criteria to ensure they will have grandfather rights.

Black Platinum Solar & Electric can still provide systems for new customers who sign contracts with us no later than August 23, 2017. We need to set that date to ensure that all the APS requirements (above) can be completed by August 31, 2017. However, please note our 2017 installation schedule is full due to the great demand for getting systems in place under the grandfathered rates, so customers signing contracts with us this coming week will be booked for a January 2018 installation completion. This timeframe should still fall into the 180-day installation requirement stipulated by APS, but still no announcement from APS on that point. We will keep you apprised of the outcome.

For more details on the ACC vote, check out this article from AZCentral.com, “APS electricity bills going up as rate increase is approved.” Also for further explanation about the grandfathering option, check out Blog Post #15: “What the Heck is APS Grandfathering Anyway?

Call Black Platinum Solar & Electric today at 623-434-3340 for a free estimate.


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Arizona solar Phoenix Scottsdale rebate installing solar panels financingPost #18 – ACC Vote on APS Rate Hike Case is Now Delayed by Judge

Additional information has been revealed this week regarding the status of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and their vote on the Arizona Public Service (APS) rate hike case. On July 19th, a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge refused an appeal from APS to let the ACC vote on their rate hike request. Check out these supporting articles below for further details on the hearing:

Bottom line, we still aren’t sure of the date the ACC vote will take place, however we anticipate an update in August.

Black Platinum Solar & Electric custom designs and installs residential photovoltaic systems. Call us today at 623-434-3340 for a free estimate.

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Vote on APS Rate Increase Case Delayed Again by ACC – APS Grandfathering Date Pushed Back For a Second Time

July 11, 2017

Post #17 - Vote on APS Rate Increase Case Delayed Again by ACC – APS Grandfathering Date Pushed Back For a Second Time  Existing solar customers and prospective solar buyers have received another reprieve! Apparently, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) did not vote on the APS rate case in July as expected, and may not even [...]

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UPDATED: APS and ACC Vote Delayed For Rate Hike Increase and Grandfathering Date

June 18, 2017

Post #16  –  APS and ACC Vote Delayed For Rate Hike Increase and Grandfathering Date  Sometimes delays are good, especially when the additional time could save you money. We’ve been told that the proposed Arizona Public Service (APS) rate hike case currently before the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) was not voted on at their June [...]

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What the Heck is APS Grandfathering Anyway?

May 4, 2017

Post #15 – What the Heck is APS Grandfathering Anyway? Have you ever heard the expression, “It’s all Greek to me?” That’s a bit how we’ve been feeling about the Arizona Public Service (APS) grandfathering clauses impacting solar customers. Let’s start with the Wikipedia definition of grandfathering: “A grandfather clause (or grandfather policy) is a [...]

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Proposed APS Rate Increase to Affect Monthly Energy Bills for All Arizona APS Residential Homeowners

November 27, 2016

Post #14 – Proposed APS Rate Increase to Affect Monthly Energy Bills for All Arizona APS Residential Homeowners Whether we like it or not, change is inevitable and it’s important for you to be aware that our utility company, APS, is planning to raise your electricity rates – big time! Arizona Public Service (APS) has [...]

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Gracias, Merci, Grazie!

September 3, 2016

Post #13 – Gracias, Merci, Grazie! We are so grateful for your continued business and support in helping to make Black Platinum Solar & Electric a success! We must admit, it’s pretty cool to love what you do and have others appreciate it too. Our focus from Day 1 has always been customer satisfaction and [...]

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It’s Time for a Little Praise…

September 3, 2016

Post #12 – It’s Time for a Little Praise… Solar customers have the option to post unsolicited reviews on the SolarReviews.com website. We want to thank all of our customers who have provided feedback on their experience with Black Platinum Solar & Electric. In 2015, we were honored with a listing on the Solar Reviews [...]

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Enphase Beats the Heat in Valley of the Sun

March 29, 2014

Post #11 – Enphase Beats the Heat in Valley of the Sun: Is it spring already?! As we head into spring and towards the summer months it’s essential to start thinking about efficient and reliable ways to stay cool. Black Platinum Solar & Electric (BPSE) only installs Microinverter technology manufactured by Enphase Energy. “I have found [...]

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Important information about net metering reform decision

November 19, 2013

Post #10 - What APS residential customers need to know about the Arizona Corporation Commission net metering reform decision: Current rooftop solar customers are not affected. They are grandfathered under current net metering rules for 20 years, regardless if home ownership changes. Customers who submit a signed contract with a solar installer and an interconnection application [...]

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